A native New Englander, Dr. Cheryl Thorpe attended the University of Connecticut and earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University. Since then, she has accumulated over 25 years of experience as a practicing veterinarian. Dr. Thorpe started her career with several years of mixed animal practice in the mountains of New Hampshire and moved to Virginia in 1987 to join a busy small animal practice. An ongoing desire to improve her skills and broaden her experience led her to 6 years of practice in emergency medicine and surgery. While working in the ER she developed an interest in pain management, geriatric issues and hospice care. Specifically, Dr. Thorpe felt that pet families should have more choices beyond the traditional options of “treat or euthanize” when their pets were aged or diagnosed with terminal disease.
Exploring and developing these interests over the past 2 years, Dr. Thorpe has come to believe that pain management, geriatric medicine and hospice care inter-related, and all ways of providing the best possible care for painful or elderly patients and the people who love them. Before founding Sage, Dr. Thorpe studied hospice and palliative care in both human and veterinary medicine. She has also pursued additional training in various physical medicine and pain management modalities, achieving certification in veterinary acupuncture and medical massage. With Sage Veterinary Services, she hopes to make these options and the comfort they can provide readily available to families central Virginia.
Dr Thorpe is a member of the International Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAAHPC) and The International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM). Locally, she is chair of the Jefferson Area Veterinary Medical Association’s Community Outreach and Education Committee and is also involved in the Compassionate Care Initiative at UVA.
Dr. Thorpe lives in Charlottesville with her husband, 3 daughters, a beloved geriatric dog and a bossy cat. When not assisting pets and their owners, she enjoys cooking for large groups of hungry teenagers, volunteering and nearly any outdoor activity that involves family, friends and dogs.